Well, the internal filter I'm using in the 5 gallon doesn't seem to be breaking the water enough because there's a dusty looking film on the water. I can't raise the filter up, but could I do a small water change to kinda refresh the water? (if I put a fish in) It's been sitting up for close to a week now I guess. Is there a chance I've messed this up by not having an ammonia source soon enough?
My test kit (strips) say everything's in order. (0,0, and less than .25) Now before you tell me that I really need the drop test kit... I know. I know. When I started out with my 10 gallon, that's all I could find at the time without having to order it, so I just got the strips.
I know, it really should be easy. I just have to make it difficult lol. I started it all without knowing there HAD to be an ammonia source. Don't know why, but I didn't. I don't have pure ammonia, and I just figured that I could do it with fish food if I had to.
I was able to get most of the film off with a paper towel, but the water still feels slimy.
Yesterday I put pellets in and tested the water today. I know I have strips, but everytime I test, the ammonia is at 0. I think there was one time when it was a little higher, but I don't remember when that was. Should've written it down. But anyways, today the ammonia says 0. I've put tropical flakes in today and put enough in for a few small fish.
since you dont really have test kits, was your 5 gallon cycled properly? It could take weeks to get your cycle complete.
Go to a hardware store and ask for pure ammonia, you can use this as your ammonia source. If you did in fact seed your tank properly you may not get ammonia readings, seeing as you would have the correct bacteria already in your tank, you really need to invest in liquid nitrite and nitrate tests.
You can also buy liquid to seed your tank, I have had good results with seachem stability.